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Medical Emergency on Anthem (8/23/18) Sail

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The helicopters don't land on the ship. They hover in place to lower a basket to bring the person up. Sometimes it takes awhile to get in the right position.

 

 

Someone was evacuated from the Anthem when we were on it a few years back - not sure how they went about getting them off.

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Apparently that's not always true. It likely depends on a lot of conditions but that's what I've always heard. I'm not sure what happened on the Anthem, but on a recent thread about the Celebrity Summit the helicopter landed.

 

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I believe Gayle was referring directly to the Anthem, it has no helipad as other ships do.

 

Unless it was a mirage, but I thought I saw a helipad in front of Anthem when I looked down from the ship's bridge when we took the bridge tour on Wednesday.

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I was also on this Anthem cruise. There were people who went to medical to donate blood, but perhaps it was just to sustain until help could arrive. Also, the helicopter hovered for a while, Anthem DOES NOT have a helipad, so the helicopter could not land. It hovered in the back of the ship, by the Seaplex.

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There are exceptions. It would have to be very calm

 

And light winds.

 

Not fun landing on a helipad with the superstructure waiting to smack you.

 

Two weeks ago on Grandeur there was a helicopter med evac while still on the Chesapeake. We heard the call for a Code Alpha at the Park Cafe. Then a bit later, the Capt made an announcement about the heli evac and to clear Decks 9 and 10 (they even cleared the kids and teens areas). I watched the heli come in, port side. He hovered off a the side for a while, the slowly slide over the ship.

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We were just got back from that Trip on Anthem. Cabin 6180. I took this from our balcony. The Anthem crew handled both medical emergencies expertly. When they asked for blood donors they stated the donor needed a valid donor card and I’m sure they checked their passport to make sure they hadn’t been to a country that restricts you from donating. Anthem has frequent medical emergencies, I heard there were on the 8/18 itinerary. It is not surprising with over 5000 guests and crew on board and the aging population of cruisers. Though I feel confident that if we needed emergency medical treatment while onboard they would take good care of us. Though I would never sail without cruise insurance.

 

 

 

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We were just got back from that Trip on Anthem. Cabin 6180. I took this from our balcony. The Anthem crew handled both medical emergencies expertly. When they asked for blood donors they stated the donor needed a valid donor card and I’m sure they checked their passport to make sure they hadn’t been to a country that restricts you from donating. Anthem has frequent medical emergencies, I heard there were on the 8/18 itinerary. It is not surprising with over 5000 guests and crew on board and the aging population of cruisers. Though I feel confident that if we needed emergency medical treatment while onboard they would take good care of us. Though I would never sail without cruise insuranc

 

 

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On this specific cruise, in addition to the ones that I mentioned there was also and individual taken in a gurney either in Boston or Portland. Yes, the cruising population is Mainly comprised of elderly folks and many emergencies are bound to happen. Also, not sure if you heard the announcement at about 3ish ordering team 6 or 7 in full uniform to the Sea Plex Complex--Assume that these are specialist in maintaining germ free and antiseptic areas.

 

Ps. On my January Anthem cruise 12 niter to the Carib., the day prior to our arrival at Bayonne we had an emergency. I did not hear the announcement as it was not communicated into the cabins. While looking at the nasty weather from my balcony the land looking at me seemed like Bermuda. Sure enough it was. This time a Pilot Boat from Hamilton sped to meet us and the individual was transferred to the Pilot Boat.

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c778d58a-7b77-4864-8165-550197af66cf

We were just got back from that Trip on Anthem. Cabin 6180. I took this from our balcony. The Anthem crew handled both medical emergencies expertly. When they asked for blood donors they stated the donor needed a valid donor card and I’m sure they checked their passport to make sure they hadn’t been to a country that restricts you from donating. Anthem has frequent medical emergencies, I heard there were on the 8/18 itinerary. It is not surprising with over 5000 guests and crew on board and the aging population of cruisers. Though I feel confident that if we needed emergency medical treatment while onboard they would take good care of us. Though I would never sail without cruise insurance.

 

 

 

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I'm a donor, but never thought to bring my card on a cruise. Guess I should start taking it with me.

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On this specific cruise, in addition to the ones that I mentioned there was also and individual taken in a gurney either in Boston or Portland. Yes, the cruising population is Mainly comprised of elderly folks and many emergencies are bound to happen. Also, not sure if you heard the announcement at about 3ish ordering team 6 or 7 in full uniform to the Sea Plex Complex--Assume that these are specialist in maintaining germ free and antiseptic areas.

 

Ps. On my January Anthem cruise 12 niter to the Carib., the day prior to our arrival at Bayonne we had an emergency. I did not hear the announcement as it was not communicated into the cabins. While looking at the nasty weather from my balcony the land looking at me seemed like Bermuda. Sure enough it was. This time a Pilot Boat from Hamilton sped to meet us and the individual was transferred to the Pilot Boat.

 

 

I did see the stretcher, I think it was Portland. I didn’t see anyone on it so I don’t know if they were transporting someone off or waiting for a transport for someone back on.

I didn’t hear the announcement about sea Plex, but we could hear the PA if our cabin door was shut.

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I have been on 3 cruises, and personally know of 3 evacs. Two in port, one via helicopter. I am sure there were more.

 

One of the port ones was my Mother. I was talking to the port agent (Dad with her in the ambulance, I had to taxi later). He was also port agent for NCL, he had one where they replaced the gangway 6 times for evacs. Each time they would pull the gangway, they would get another call.

 

Figuring the number of people on board, evacs are almost guaranteed.

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On the vision of the seas in April we was three hours out of Galveston in route to San Juan and Captain Marek turned the ship around and went back to Galveston when a passenger got sick and passed away which is a class act in my opinion he put the family first and didn’t care about the fuel consumption.

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Medivacs are common, especially with the larger ship and larger number of passengers on board. We have been on a couple of cruises over the past 2 years with medivacs. The crew is very professional and well practiced. They remove obstructions, put up a wind sock, fire fighting crews in full fire fighting gear are on standby on the bow "just in case". The ship does not necessarily stop, it maintains the best speed for stability and apparent wind speed over the deck.

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I'm a donor, but never thought to bring my card on a cruise. Guess I should start taking it with me.

 

I donate but I don't have a card but I'll certainly ask next time I donate to see if my state offers something like that

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I donate but I don't have a card but I'll certainly ask next time I donate to see if my state offers something like that

 

 

My donations are through the Red Cross, they do offer a card that is part of my wallet that is always with me.

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